New England Revolution
Jay Miller is in his second season as Jay Heaps’ primary assistant coach. Miller brings more than 30 years of coaching and player evaluation experience to Heaps’ staff, most notably with U.S. Soccer’s youth national team programs and at the collegiate levels at the University of Tampa and University of South Florida.
Miller began his professional coaching career in 1978 at Tampa, where he led the Spartans to the 1981 Division II national championship and a runner-up finish in 1983. In 1987, Miller moved to the University of South Florida, where he remained through the 1993 season.
Throughout his collegiate coaching days, Miller served in various coaching capacities with U.S. Soccer and at international competitions, including head coach for the U.S. Under-18 squad in 1981 and 1986; the head coach for the 1985 World University Games squad and assistant coach for the 1987 team; and assistant coach for the U.S. Under-23s in 1987.
In 1994, Miller moved to U.S. Soccer on a full-time capacity, serving as the head coach for the Under-17 National Team and assistant coach for the Under-20 squad. He held both positions through the end of the 1997 world championship cycles for both teams, before moving to the U.S. Men’s National Team where he served as a scout ahead of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
In addition to coaching, Miller was active across several departments of U.S. Soccer, working as a National Coaching Coordinator until 2002; assisting with the FIFA Technical Reports for various international competitions (including the 1994 World Cup, 1996 Olympic Games and the Women’s World Cup); and serving as the Chairman of the National Coaching Committee and the assistant director of the federation’s soccer schools.
Miller moved away from full-time coaching in 1998, before returning in 2001 to the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association in Atlanta, Ga., where he was the Executive Director of Coaches until 2010. In addition to his club responsibilities, Miller was the head coach of several age levels in the Region 3 Olympic Development Program beginning in 2005. In 2006, Miller co-founded the Red Bull National League, which was a national-level tournament for the country’s top Under-17 teams.
In 2008, Miller began working with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Soccer as a sports envoy for the game of soccer, traveling to Morocco (2008), Bolivia (2009) and most recently, Thailand (2010). Miller continues to serve as a national staff instructor for U.S. Soccer’s coaching schools.
Miller earned both his undergraduate degree in health and physical education (1970) and master’s of education (1978) from East Stroudsburg University.
Miller is married to his wife, Lauren, a former school teacher and budding novelist. The couple has two adult daughters, Tania and Jennifer, and three grandchildren: Nichole, Tyler and Gabriel. In his free time, Miller is an avid golfer.